Brewers players you might have forgotten: Jim Edmonds
Yes, the World Series champion, four time All-Star and eight time gold glover Jim Edmonds was a Milwaukee Brewer.
After playing with the Anaheim Angels, St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs from 1993 to 2008, Edmonds stayed out the 2009 season. He said he did not receive an acceptable offers, but did return in for the 2010 and signed a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Edmonds played 73 games with the Crew before being traded to Cincinnati Reds. He had a .286 average, eight home runs and 20 RBIs before the trade. The Brewers received Chris Dickerson, and both actually had to clear waivers first because it was during the August waiver trade deadline.
Brewers player you might have forgotten: Marco Estrada
Marco Estrada was claimed off of waivers in early 2010 and made his debut in May. He would only appear in seven games that year for the team, and end with an ERA of 9.53.
He appeared 43 games and started seven in 2011 after being called up to fill in for Zach Greinke while he recovered from his offseason basketball injury. He would then be the team’s go-to long reliever and backup starter for the next few seasons. Estrada was part of the starting rotation in 2013 and 2014. As a full time starter, he went 7-4 with an ERA of 3.87 and 7-6 with an ERA of 4.36. After the 2014 season, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for first baseman Adam Lind.
Estrada would be on the Blue Jays until 2018, and even made the All-Star team in 2016. He hasn’t played on an MLB team since 2019. His overall career stats sit at a record of 62-68, ERA of 4.29 and 1,094 strikeouts.
Estrada is actually still the Brewers franchise leader in WHIP with a career 1.196 WHIP in a Brewers uniform.
Brewers player you might have forgotten: Jody Gerut
Jody Gerut was drafted in the second round of the 1998 draft by the Colorado Rockies and was almost immediately traded to the Cleveland Indians. He made his debut in April of 2003 for the team.
The lefty outfielder would play for the Indians until 2005, and then play with the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres before landing in Milwaukee. In 2009, he was traded to the Brewers in exchange for Tony Gwynn Jr.
Gerut will always have his name among the team’s history books. That’s because on May 8th, 2010, Gerut hit for the cycle. He went 4-6 that day and the Brewers won 17-3. Manager Ken Macha joked that he flipped a coin that day whether to start Gerut or Corey Hart, so that explains Macha in a nutshell.
Gerut hit a home run in the second inning, a single in the third, got his triple out of the way in the fifth and finally hit his double in the ninth. Luckily, the Brewers kept hitting that day and Jody got six tries at the plate.
Before that game, he was one-for-21 against right-handed pitchers. On the season, he hit .236 with five home runs and 21 RBIS over 85 games. Gerut would also on the team in 2010, but released in August. He would retire in 2011 after stints with the Padres and Seattle Mariners. But he will always be on the Brewers cycle list along with Mike Hegan, Charlie Moore, Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Chad Moeller, George Kottaras and Christian Yelich.